The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) updated MathML standard for rendering mathematical notations on Web pages better portrays math symbols and supports more languages. MathML 3 represents basic symbols such as for multiplication, long division, subtraction, and the carries and borrows addition symbols. Educational Web page designers will be able to add the symbols to pages without having to embed small images of the symbols or formulas into the pages.
The symbols also aid assistive technology, such as screen readers, in interpreting mathematical material. MathML 3 also will render mathematical symbols in Arabic and other languages that move from the right side of the page to the left.
W3C wants MathML to be included with other standards being incorporated into browsers that support HTML5, such Cascading Style Sheets and Scalable Vector Graphics.
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